Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

The Chicago Reader

on the web


  • Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014
  • J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014
  • Ben Sachs: 20 Favorite Films of 2012
  • J.R. Jones: 22 Favorite Movies of 2012
  • J.R. Jones: 10 Best Films of 2011
  • Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011